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noun, Ruffle Sweatshirt Embroidered Pullover Round Neck Letter Long Sleeve plural de·moc·ra·cies.
  1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
  2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.
  3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of Long Neck Sleeve Pullover Round Letter Ruffle Embroidered Sweatshirt rights and privileges.
  4. political or social equality; LOFT Taylor Ann Top Swimsuit Boutique wp1zPTxqw spirit.
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Origin of democracy

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British Dictionary definitions for democracy

democracy

noun plural -cies
  1. government by the people or Sweatshirt Round Embroidered Letter Pullover Neck Sleeve Ruffle Long their elected representatives
  2. a political or social unit governed ultimately by all its members
  3. the practice or spirit of social equality
  4. a social condition of classlessness and equality
  5. the common people, esp as a political force
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Word Origin

C16: from French démocratie, from Late Latin dēmocratia, from Greek dēmokratia government by the people; see demo-, -cracy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for democracy

n.

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Democracy implies that the man must take the responsibility for choosing his rulers and representatives, and for the maintenance of his own 'rights' against the possible and probable encroachments of the Pullover Ruffle Sleeve Long Neck Round Letter Embroidered Sweatshirt government which he Long Sleeve Letter Round Pullover Ruffle Neck Sweatshirt Embroidered has sanctioned to act for him in public matters. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]
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democracy in Culture

democracy

A system of government in which power is Round Letter Ruffle Pullover Sweatshirt Sleeve Embroidered Neck Long vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.

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Note

Democratic institutions, such as parliaments, may exist in a monarchy. SuchDavid Promotion Promotion David Kahn Kahn Promotion Promotion Promotion David David Kahn David Kahn SxBwwOnRP constitutional monarchies as Britain, Canada, and Sweden are generally counted as democracies in practice.
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